Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that are used as sedative and anti-anxiety medications. These drugs are widely prescribed by doctors in the U.S. and when used correctly can provide much-needed relief for insomnia, stress, and panic attacks. When abused, they pose a deadly threat.
Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are central nervous system depressants that should be used for only short periods of time. Common benzos include Xanax, Valum, Ativan, and Librium. Just like with any prescription medication, care must be taken when using benzos. They can be habit-forming, and those who use these drugs for too long or take more than instructed can become addicted.
Community Rehab offers clinical treatment for benzo addiction. Our rehab program uses a combination of the latest and most effective therapies for successful addiction treatment. Contact us to learn more.
Dangers of Benzo Abuse
When used in large amounts, benzos cause severe drowsiness, lack of coordination, muscle weakness, suppressed respiratory system, coma, and even death. These drugs are often abused in connection with other drugs or alcohol, creating a deadly combination.
Signs of Benzo Abuse
- Blurred vision
- Poor coordination
- Amnesia or black outs
- Impaired judgment
- Severe confusion
- Lack of motivation
- Detachment from normal life activities and goals
- Withdrawal from family
- Visiting multiple doctors
- Buying medications on the Internet
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
- More than 6,000 people died from benzo overdose in the United States in 2013, a 4-fold increase over the past 12 years.
- Alprazolam (Xanax) is the most common benzodiazepine for recreational use, followed by clonazepam, lorazepam, and diazepam.
- In 2009, there were 363,000 visits to emergency rooms for reactions to central nervous system depressants, a 36% increase from previous years.
According to its most recent Treatment Episode Data Set Report (TEDS), SAMHSA concludes that:
- Admissions to treatment facilities due to benzo drug use increased 79% in recent years.
- Almost all benzodiazepine admissions (95 percent) reported abuse of another substance in addition to abuse of benzodiazepines: 82.1 percent reported primary abuse of another substance with secondary abuse of benzodiazepines, and 12.9 percent reported primary abuse of benzodiazepines with secondary abuse of another substance.
Treatment for Benzo Abuse in a Community Setting
Treatment for benzo addiction is effective, but it must be done right. At Community Rehab, we will help you get to the bottom of your drug abuse and help you learn how to manage triggers and temptations to relapse.
The first step is detox. At Community Rehab we offer supervised detox in a safe, caring environment. Benzo withdrawal can be dangerous, so you must receive the right kind of care when detoxing from this substance.
After you have detoxed from benzo drugs, you will enter our inpatient rehab program. This program provides you with therapy sessions that help you understand why you have been abusing drugs and how your addiction has taken hold of your life. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, life skills training, and family therapy are all used at our center to help you develop effective stress management skills and help you stop using your substance.
One of our best qualities is the support system you will encounter while at Community Rehab. When you walk through our doors, you will be met by a great group of individuals that are all in this journey of recovery together. These people have been through what you are going through, and are here to learn, to grow, and to establish their sobriety just like you. Sober living can be fun, social, and lively, you just need to learn how to do it. Our community model helps lay the foundation for the clean and sober life you have to look forward to.
Giving up your benzo addiction and learning how to live a sober life is the best thing you can do today.